• Roger Schwarzschild

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 61)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


Pluralities begins with a concise introduction to recent theories of the semantics of plurals. The author argues, contrary to many of those theories, that plural discourse involves entities corresponding to sets of individuals but nothing corresponding to higher order sets. In the course of the book, the reader will become acquainted with the linguistics data that lies at the heart of this debate including extensive discussion of reciprocals and of collectives (such as the committee). In addition, a unique account of distributivity is proposed in which collective/distributive ambiguities are analyzed in pragmatic terms. The account capitalizes on the idea that the universe may be partitioned differently at different points in a discourse.
Pluralities should be accessible to those with an introductory level background in model-theoretic semantics.


Denotation discourse semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Roger Schwarzschild
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4694-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2704-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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